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Director Van Buren District Library, (Michigan)

The Board of Trustees of the Van Buren District Library is seeking an individual with proven financial and administrative skills as well as both the vision and commitment to lead a multi-branch library system in beautiful southwestern Michigan. The Van Buren District Library consists of the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur, which serves as the headquarters library, and six branches located throughout Van Buren County. The staff takes pride in assuring the branches work together as a community to serve their patrons’ diverse needs. The system serves a population of almost 45,000 with a current budget of $2.1 million and a staff of 52. The library system is autonomous and has a millage/levy, providing a secure funding base. The system also enjoys additional support from the Webster Trust.

Van Buren County is located in southwest Michigan, half way between Chicago and Detroit, allowing access to big city amenities, while providing all the benefits of small-town living. The county is renowned as the "fruit basket of Michigan" and produces everything from apples, to blueberries, to award-winning grapes and wines. Twenty miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 133 inland lakes help provide relaxation, fishing, boating, and bike trails. To learn more about the Van Buren District Library visit: www.vbdl.org; for more information about Van Buren County visit: www.vbco.org.

Position requirements: a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; a minimum of five (5) years of post-degree employment in a public library, of which at least three (3) years have been in a management/supervisory position. In addition to excellent financial management abilities, the successful candidate will have outstanding verbal and written communication skills; be able to articulate a vision for library service and inspire others; have a thorough understanding of library technology and applications; and an open, inclusive management approach. The ability to work effectively with multiple constituencies and an understanding of small and rural libraries is essential. Experience in a building project would be a plus. For a complete position description click here VBDL Director.

Compensation: $82,000 - $90,000 dependent on qualifications; comprehensive benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance; life and long-term disability coverage; a 401 (a) retirement plan with a 457 deferred compensation option.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 5 o’clock pm (ET) on August 9, 2017 will receive first consideration. Electronic submissions required. To apply, submit a cover letter, specifically addressing the position requirements, your resume, and the names, and contact information (including email address) of three (3) professional references to Marianne@hartzellmikaconsulting.com.

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